The BEST Episodes of Ask This Old House

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 21, 2021

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!

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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.

star 10.00
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.

star 10.00
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.

star 10.00
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.

star 10.00
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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Custom Fireplace Mantle; Repairing a Leaking Kitchen Faucet

#7 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Restoring Terrazzo Floors; Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist

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

Season 11 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 2013

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.

star 10.00
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

star 10.00
1 votes
Irrigation System; Installing a Heat-Pump Water Heater

#10 - 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Baseboard Hole-Patching; Maintaining a Lawn Mower

#11 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Mailbox Replacement; Ask Kevin: Window Anatomy

#12 - Mailbox Replacement; Ask Kevin: Window Anatomy

Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired May 2, 2015

star 10.00
2 votes
Noisy Baseboard Heating Fix; Recessed Kitchen Lighting

#13 - 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

#14 - Electrical Vehicle Charger Install; Kitchen Sink Install

Season 13 - Episode 25 - Aired May 23, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Dishwasher Retrofit, Rolling Pin

#15 - Dishwasher Retrofit, Rolling Pin

Season 19 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2021

Richard and Nathan retrofit a new dishwasher into an old kitchen; Mauro paints wood paneling; Tom and Kevin turn a French rolling pin.

star 10.00
1 votes
Building a Simple Table; Getting Rid of Tree Stumps

#16 - 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.

star 9.97
30 votes
Vinyl Floor; In-Ground Sprinkler

#17 - 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
Hydroponic Garden; Hot- and Cold-Water Outdoor Faucet

#18 - 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 9.84
31 votes
Kitchen Makeover, Attic Stair

#19 - 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
Conserving Rainwater; Removing an Interior Wall

#20 - Conserving Rainwater; Removing an Interior Wall

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 23, 2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner conserve water by installing an innovative rainwater collection system. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then Tom helps a pair of homeowners connect two rooms in their home by removing an interior load-bearing wall.

star 9.67
3 votes
Laying Sod in the Backyard; Installing a Wireless Thermostat

#21 - 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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Hanging a Flat Panel TV; Controlling Insects Without Pesticides

#22 - 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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Leaky Skylight; Repairing a Noisy Toilet

#23 - Leaky Skylight; Repairing a Noisy Toilet

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2013

Tommy replaces a leaky skylight. Richard quiets a noisy toilet.

star 9.50
2 votes
Broken Sash Cords; Plant Bulbs

#24 - Broken Sash Cords; Plant Bulbs

Season 13 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 28, 2015

How to repair broken sash cords; and plant bulbs. Also: historian Doris Kearns Goodwin guests in the "What Is It?" segment.

star 9.50
2 votes
Smart Thermostat Install; Barn Solar Install

#25 - Smart Thermostat Install; Barn Solar Install

Season 13 - Episode 26 - Aired May 30, 2015

star 9.50
2 votes