8.5
39 votes
Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House

PBS 2002

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!

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House - S15E23

#1 - Clogged Pipe, Convection Heat (Season 15 - Episode 23)

A clogged drain is fixed; and an electric convection heater is installed in a chilly bathroom. Also: a masking primer that leaves clean lines on a window.

The episode was rated 8.55 from 11 votes.

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Ask This Old House - S1E6

#2 - Ceiling Repair; Grinding the Stump; Shop Specs (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Tom visits a young couple and teaches them how to repair a cracked plaster ceiling in their condominium. In the workshop loft, Richard and Steve rebuild a toilet to prevent it from continuously filling. Roger uses a stump grinder to remove an old tree stump from a homeowner's front yard. Back in the loft, Tom replaces a broken pane of glass and reglazes a window sash. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated 8.42 from 12 votes.

Ask This Old House - S15E16

#3 - Build It, Lighting, Mousetrap (Season 15 - Episode 16)

A cutting board is made from scrap heart pine; an overly bright room is recast with LEDs; and mice-preventive measures are discussed.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 12 votes.

Ask This Old House - S15E10

#4 - Wood Shop, Wireless Switch (Season 15 - Episode 10)

Tom heads to Chicago to transform a one-car garage into a carpentry workshop. Scott installs a wireless light switch. Richard gives a history lesson on antique bath fixtures.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

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Ask This Old House - S1E10

#5 - Washer Repair; Pressure-Washed Brick; Drip-Free Faucet (Season 1 - Episode 10)

In the Ask This Old House loft, Richard and Steve take apart an old washing machine to determine why it's making a loud rumbling sound. Roger pays a visit to a homeowner and uses a pressure washer to clean off his slippery brick walkway. Back in the loft, Steve, Tom, Roger and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they've used. Tom demonstrates different types of spirit levels, and Richard sets out to help a homeowner with a leaky kitchen faucet. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated 8.33 from 12 votes.

Ask This Old House - S15E11

#6 - Bluestone, Mead, Wire Splices (Season 15 - Episode 11)

Roger rips up an old, dangerous walkway to replace it with bluestone. Scott explains the best wire nuts to use for each project. Kevin gets a lesson on making mead.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

Ask This Old House - S15E17

#7 - Kentucky Lawn, Chandelier (Season 15 - Episode 17)

Tips for lawn care; and a jigsaw tutorial. Also: installing a motorized lift for a chandelier.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

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Ask This Old House - S1E3

#8 - Concrete Stoop Covering; Battling the Skeeters (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Tom visits homeowners in search of a modest way to hide an ugly back stoop. Back in the barn loft he shows the different adhesives and fasteners used, as well as more traditional types of decking. Steve and Roger demonstrate a new product that promises to rid backyards of mosquitoes. Richard shows the proper technique for installing a thermostat on an old radiator. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated 8.20 from 15 votes.

Ask This Old House - S15E4

#9 - Water Heater, Home Orchard (Season 15 - Episode 4)

Roger helps plant a home orchard using apple and pear trees. Tom shows Kevin how to choose and use a circular saw. Richard installs a new tank water heater and discusses new regulations on them. How to Plant a Home Orchard Roger helps a homeowner plant an pear and apple orchard in her backyard.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 11 votes.

Ask This Old House - S1E7

#10 - Jacking It Up; Chainsaw Smarts (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Tom works with a homeowner to repair a sagging floor in a three-family house. Together, they jack up the failing beam, pour new concrete footings, and install several new lally columns. Back at the barn, Roger works with chainsaw expert Tim Ard to sharpen and maintain his saws. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated 8.09 from 11 votes.

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Ask This Old House - S15E19
#11 - Water Heater, Storm Door
8.08
Season 15 - Episode 19

A house is made more energy efficient; and a hybrid water heater is replaced. Also: voice-recognition technology.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Ask This Old House - S1E5
#12 - Sanding Options; Digging Post Holes; Better Boiling
8.07
Season 1 - Episode 5

Tom and Steve demonstrate two types of floor sanders: a traditional drum sander. Roger and Steve use manual and power tools to dig post holes for a new fence. Richard travels to a historic district in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to replace a corroded pipe on a viewer's boiler. Back in the loft, Tom gives Steve a lesson in proper caulking technique. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Ask This Old House - S16E4
#13 - Patch Lawn, Swap Toilet, Off-Grid
8.07
Season 16 - Episode 4

Reseeding a dead section of lawn and blending it in with the rest of the yard; the basics of changing a toilet; and an off-grid home tests commercial HVAC equipment.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Ask This Old House - S1E9
#14 - Basement Window; Painting Panels; Weed Trimmers
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 9

Tom hits the road on a House Call to replace a rotting basement window and install a new dryer vent for a homeowner. Back in the Ask This Old House loft, Jim shows the proper technique for painting a pre-hung six-panel door. Electrician Allen Gallant visits homeowners and installs a new power outlet in their dining room, and Roger shows Steve how to replace the string on a weed trimmer. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
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Ask This Old House - S16E3
#15 - Backsplash; Leak Detection; Rainwater
8.00
Season 16 - Episode 3

How to install a backsplash. Also: a wireless leak detector that prevents floods; and a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Ask This Old House - S1E1
#16 - Repairing a Window Screen; Saving the Rain; Looking for Headroom
7.96
Season 1 - Episode 1

In the debut episode, Steve joined Richard, Roger and Tom in the Ask This Old House loft to give viewers a chance to ask questions and get expert advice about their homes. Tom shows Steve how to build a replacement window screen using inexpensive parts purchased from a home center. Roger demonstrates how an old barrel can be used to water a garden. Responding to a letter from a homeowner, Richard and Steve demonstrate how to fix and a leak in a 20-year-old dishwasher. Roger demonstrates the proper technique for sharpening lawn mower blades. Tom hits the road for the first House Call of the season, to a tall homeowner whose low ceiling threatens to knock him out on his way to the basement. More Info & Resources

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Ask This Old House - S16E6
#17 - Tree Removal; Stud Finders
7.94
Season 16 - Episode 6

The differences between water filters; and different ways to locate studs in a wall. Also: removing a tree that's leaning toward a house; and installing a smart garage door opener.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
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Ask This Old House - S16E11
#18 - Tankless Water Heater, Retaining Wall
7.93
Season 16 - Episode 11

Richard heads to Milwaukee to install an instantaneous water heater; Tom demonstrates some techniques for cutting straight edges with a circular saw; Mark rebuilds a retaining wall that was stacked with the wrong material.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Ask This Old House - S15E13
#19 - Rooftop Garden, Stains, Shed
7.91
Season 15 - Episode 13

Landscape designer Jenn Nawada learns about rooftop and small space gardens. Tom explains the best practices to remove stains from plaster and dry wall. Scott helps a homeowner power his shed by running electricity underground from his house.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Ask This Old House - S16E7
#20 - Happy Holidays from AskTOH!
7.91
Season 16 - Episode 7

A toy box is built; and the guys exchange gifts. Also: preventing fires from holiday decorations.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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Last updated: sep 18, 2022

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