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Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House

Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O’Connor is the host of the Emmy Award-winning series, This Old House, the Emmy-nominated series, Ask This Old House, and Inside This Old House. Kevin also serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine.


Norm Abram

Norm Abram was an everyday carpenter until he built a barn for This Old House’s creator and became a do-it-yourself celebrity. A second-generation carpenter, he lives with his wife in a classic Colonial home that he built himself.


Richard Trethewey

Born and raised in Dedham, Mass., Richard Trethewey learned about heating and plumbing from his father by working summers and school vacations. He lives with his wife and two sons in a Boston suburb in an 1865 Victorian that he has extensively remodeled.


Roger Cook

A long-time landscaping specialist, Roger Cook became a permanent fixture on This Old House in 1988, during the Lexington Bed & Breakfast renovation. Roger lives with his wife and two children in a suburban cape home, which they continue to renovate.


Tom Silva

Renovating houses since he was a child, Tom Silva’s first major project was installing a basement fallout shelter beneath his family’s 1787 Colonial in Massachusetts. Tom lives with his wife, daughter, and son in a 19th-century house he is renovating in a Boston suburb.


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Repairing a Shower Valve; Rebuilding a Wobbly Stair Banister
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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair her faulty shower valve. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner rebuild her wobbly stair banister.


Replacing a Corroded Fitting on a Water Heater; Installing a Vented Range Kitchen Hood
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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace a corroded fitting on his water heater. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask "what is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a vented range hood in her kitchen.


Pruning an Overgrown Hedge; Installing a Kitchen Tile Backsplash
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Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner prune an overgrown evergreen hedge. 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 install a tile backsplash in his kitchen.


Insulating a Wall; Repointing a Fieldstone Foundation
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Host Kevin O'Connor works with an insulation contractor to show the proper way to insulate a wall using fiberglass batts. Then Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner repoint a fieldstone foundation.


Removing Overgrown Shrubs; Quieting a Noisy Baseboard Heater
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Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove several overgrown shrubs in front of her house and then plants many new perennials. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a couple quiet their noisy baseboard heater.


Repairing a Crack in an Asphalt Walkway; Getting Rid of Mold
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Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner repair a crack in an asphalt walkway. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner get rid of the mold in her attic.


Fixing a Kitchen Sink Drain; Quieting Squeaky Hardwood Floors
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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Georgia to fix a kitchen sink drain. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner quiet his squeaky hardwood floors.



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Preventing Ice Dams; Applying Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation in an Attic
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General contractor Tom Silva explains to a homeowner how ice dams form and how to prevent them. He then works with an insulation contractor to apply closed-cell spray foam insulation in an attic. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard shares a tip about connecting gutter downspouts. And Roger heads to Philadelphia to plant two trees on a busy city street.



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Tiling A Bathroom Floor; Weatherstripping A Front Door
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Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Washington, DC, to help a help a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.


Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling
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Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance solar photovoltaic panels and then sees them installed. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement remodeling project.


Restoring Old Windows; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter
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General Contractor Tom Silva heads to Alexandria, Virginia, to restore the windows in a home built by George Washington. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard installs a water filter at a kitchen sink.


Installing a Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line
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Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to install a manual transfer switch for a portable generator. Then Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard heads to Dallas to fix a sewer line that is clogged with tree roots.


Refinishing With Spray Paint; Installing a Pre-Finished Wood Floor
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Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor refinish several worn out items using spray paint. Then, general contractor Tom Silva removes wall-to-wall carpet and installs a pre-finished wood floor. And in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin some new household devices that can be operated "hands-free."



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We take on some pretty big projects at This Old House, which means we can only work on one or two houses a year. But homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions for us on smaller projects, and we're ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers — and we make House calls! Ask This Old House features some familiar faces, including host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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