The WORST Episodes of Ask This Old House

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 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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Transplanting a Rose Bush; Replacing Old Outdoor Lighting

#1 - Transplanting a Rose Bush; Replacing Old Outdoor Lighting

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 27, 2012

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner temporarily transplant a mature rose bush while exterior work takes place. 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 shows Kevin some rookie plumbing mistakes. And Tom and Kevin replace old outdoor lighting with new fixtures.

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0 votes
Planting a Low-Cost Privacy Screen; Sealing Ductwork

#2 - Planting a Low-Cost Privacy Screen; Sealing Ductwork

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 22, 2014

Planting a low-cost privacy screen; and sealing ductwork without removing the walls.

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0 votes
Celebrating 300 Episodes

#3 - Celebrating 300 Episodes

Season 12 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 5, 2014

Celebrating 300 episodes of "Ask This Old House" with a review of favorite moments.

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0 votes
Kids Show; Soccer Goal; Stilts; Sandbox

#4 - Kids Show; Soccer Goal; Stilts; Sandbox

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 14, 2008

In this special episode devoted to projects for kids, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows two kids how to build a soccer goal using PVC plumbing pipes. Next, up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to build a pair of stilts. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a family how to build a sandbox and make replicas of fossils.

star 5.00
1 votes
Working from Home

#5 - Working from Home

Season 19 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 3, 2021

Nathan builds a display case to store his grandfather's U.S. flag; Heath replaces a circuit breaker; the team shares the ways their trades were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

star 5.60
5 votes
Landscapes Across America

#6 - Landscapes Across America

Season 19 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2020

In this special episode of Ask This Old House, Jenn explains how various climates across the United States impact the design, care, and maintenance of different landscapes, which includes discussing USDA Hardiness Zones and native plant species.

star 5.67
3 votes
Slate Walkway; What Is It? Shower Stall Leak

#7 - Slate Walkway; What Is It? Shower Stall Leak

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2003

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps homeowner Molly Simmons turn her neglected slate walkway into an attractive and safe footpath. Back in the loft, Roger, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Richard helps homeowner Mark Harney diagnose and repair a frustrating leak in a fiberglass shower stall.

star 6.00
3 votes
Bluestone Patio; Hanging Bikes in a Garage

#8 - Bluestone Patio; Hanging Bikes in a Garage

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2012

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a bluestone patio in an urban 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 helps a homeowner and her daughter hang their bikes in a small garage.

star 6.00
1 votes
Installing Water Features

#9 - Installing Water Features

Season 19 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2020

Jenn and Roger install a variety of different water features to accentuate landscapes; Roger installs an alternative to a downspout; Jenn installs a waterfall feature in a backyard that reuses water.

star 6.40
5 votes
Building a Small Deck

#10 - Building a Small Deck

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2006

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner with a large carpentry project: rebuilding a small exterior deck. They start by removing the existing deck, which has rotted and become unstable. Together, they build a new deck, including stairs and handrails, using pressure-treated lumber and composite deck boards.

star 6.50
2 votes
Moss, Algae and Lichen; Leaky Water Valve; Planting Shade

#11 - Moss, Algae and Lichen; Leaky Water Valve; Planting Shade

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 2005

General contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to remove moss and lichen from his shade-covered roof and keep them from coming back. Then Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Up in the loft, Richard shows Kevin how to repair a leaky valve by replacing the washer and valve seat. Then, Roger helps a homeowner plant shade-loving groundcover under a 100-year-old beech tree.

star 6.50
2 votes
Collapsing Garage Roof; Installing a Dry Well

#12 - Collapsing Garage Roof; Installing a Dry Well

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2008

Ask This Old House kicks off its 7th season on PBS. General contractor Tom Silva prevents a garage roof from collapsing by replacing a rotting support post. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps two homeowners dry out their basement by installing a dry well to handle discharge from their sump pump.

star 6.67
3 votes
Fireplace Restoration; Porch Swing

#13 - Fireplace Restoration; Porch Swing

Season 17 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2019

Roger and Jenn share some tips for killing weeds without hurting the lawn; Mark delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks; Richard and Ross discuss improvements to thermostats and how they contribute to comfort in a home; Tom adds structure to a porch in order to safely hang a swing.

star 6.67
3 votes
All About Fireplaces

#14 - All About Fireplaces

Season 19 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2020

In this special episode of Ask This Old House, Tom and Mark tell you everything you need to know about fireplaces; Tom builds a custom mantel for a homeowner; Richard discusses fireplace inserts; Mark replaces the hearth of a fireplace with granite.

star 6.80
5 votes
Garbage Disposal, Concrete Wall

#15 - Garbage Disposal, Concrete Wall

Season 19 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 18, 2021

Tom travels to Nashville to turn an original, exterior door into a Dutch door; Richard explains how to install a garbage disposal; Mark and Jenn reface a concrete wall with thin stone veneer.

star 6.80
5 votes
Fireplace Makeover; Drip Edges

#16 - Fireplace Makeover; Drip Edges

Season 17 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 5, 2019

Mark replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround and then Mauro updates it with a whitewashed look; Richard shares some advice on maintaining water heaters; Tom demonstrates the importance of a properly installed drip edge.

star 6.89
9 votes
Replicating Moldings; Unlevel Patio; Stripping Wallpaper

#17 - Replicating Moldings; Unlevel Patio; Stripping Wallpaper

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 17, 2005

In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom shows Kevin a few ways to recreate different molding profiles. Then, Roger heads to Skokie, Illinois where he has some "uplifting" advice for a homeowner with a sinking brick patio. After that, Tom, Roger, Richard and Kevin guess "What Is It?" in the loft, Then, Jim shows Kevin and homeowner Caroline Pooler of Andover, Massachusetts a new way to strip wallpaper.

star 7.00
1 votes
Rotted Deck Balusters; What Is It? Connecting an Icemaker

#18 - Rotted Deck Balusters; What Is It? Connecting an Icemaker

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 24, 2005

Homeowner Martin D'Agostino of Swampscott, Massachusetts receives a visit from Tom who knows him how to repair and replace his rotting deck balusters. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, "What Is It?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Afterwards, Richard heads off to Salem, Massachusetts to hook up a refrigerator's ice-maker and water dispenser for homeowner Joe Cole.

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1 votes
Clogged Vent Stack; What Is It? Backyard Ice Rink

#19 - Clogged Vent Stack; What Is It? Backyard Ice Rink

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 7, 2005

Richard helps homeowner Tom Pulkowski of Chelmsford, Massachusetts clear a clogged vent stack with the aid of a fiberoptic plumbing snake. Then Richard, Roger, Tom and Kevin ask, "What Is It?" Then Roger helps homeowner Dennis Cronin of Duxbury, Massachusetts build an ice skating rink in his backyard.

star 7.00
1 votes
Air Cleaner; Walkway Ice Removal; Bathroom Venting

#20 - Air Cleaner; Walkway Ice Removal; Bathroom Venting

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 14, 2005

Richard helps a pair of homeowners from Arlington, Massachusetts install an electronic air cleaner on their forced-air furnace. Then Roger shows Kevin some tools and materials for removing ice from concrete walkways. And Tom shows homeowner Enza Sheehan of Swampscott, Massachusetts how to properly vent a bathroom fan to the outside of the house.

star 7.00
2 votes
Florescent Light; Landscaping Software; Aluminum Heat Cover

#21 - Florescent Light; Landscaping Software; Aluminum Heat Cover

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 21, 2005

Up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin a few tricks for using one of the most basic tools, a tape measure. Then master electrician Allen Gallant visit homeowner Kristen Berger of Leominster, Massachusetts and brightens up a dimly-lit basement with new fluorescent fixtures. Then Tom, Kevin, Richard and Roger ask, "What Is It?" Later, Kevin shows Roger a software package that can be used to create a three-dimensional landscape plan. And Richard makes a house call to homeowner Wendy Smith in Duxbury, Massachusetts and shows her how to replace the banged-up aluminum cover on an old baseboard heater.

star 7.00
2 votes
Window Boxes; What Is It? Plumbing Connections

#22 - Window Boxes; What Is It? Plumbing Connections

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 28, 2005

Tom makes a house call to Atlanta, Georgia to show homeowner Terry Andrews how to use masonry fasteners to install window boxes on his brick townhouse. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, "What Is It?" Then, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin several different ways to make copper pipe connections, including a new solderless system. Then, Roger helps homeowner Alan Lear of Carlisle, Massachusetts install a perimeter drain to catch rainwater running off of his roof.

star 7.00
2 votes
Soil Test; Water Supply Pipes

#23 - Soil Test; Water Supply Pipes

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 24, 2008

Landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Oregon to help a homeowner improve her lawn, starting with a simple soil test. Next, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard and Kevin visit a local home center to identify several different types of water supply pipes.

star 7.00
1 votes
Mortise Lockset; Pellet Stove; Gas-Free Lawn Mowers

#24 - Mortise Lockset; Pellet Stove; Gas-Free Lawn Mowers

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 21, 2008

General contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to install an old mortise lockset on a new door. Afterwards, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a pellet stove to provide supplemental heat during the cold winter months. Back in the loft, landscape contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor several different types of lawn mowers that do not require gasoline.

star 7.00
1 votes
Granite Steps; Deadbolt Locks; Pipe Repair

#25 - Granite Steps; Deadbolt Locks; Pipe Repair

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 28, 2008

Landscape contractor Roger Cook replaces a set of rotten wooden stairs with new steps made of granite. Back in the loft, host Kevin O'Connor shows general contractor Tom Silva the latest technology for deadbolt locks. Afterward, Richard travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to help a homeowner replace the leaky polybutylene pipes throughout his house.

star 7.00
1 votes