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The This Old House Hour

The This Old House Hour

America's favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning THIS OLD HOUSE, airs in the first half of the hour. In the second half-hour, ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook address specific, viewer-driven home maintenance and repair questions.

Latest Episodes

A Texas contractor explains how they're dredging sand shoaled in Barnegat Bay after Sandy; structural hardware and windows are installed in Bay Head. The Point Pleasant garage, now 10 feet in the air, becomes the new dining room; Rita's modular home gets trucked in and craned onto timber piles in Manasquan; Kevin visits the 19th-century Great Auditorium and tent city in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Kevin visits Santa Fe and explores the Santa Fe style of architecture. Then he installs a shade sail over a deck to cut down on sun exposure.

Arborist Matt Foti does some selective tree pruning, while Richard revisits the benefits of using PEX instead of copper for the water supply lines. Norm tours an 1872 Stick Style home in the neighborhood, and Tom shows Kevin how to convert a former doorjamb into a cased opening. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom helps a homeowner fit a box spring mattress up a narrow staircase. Kevin and an electrician repair a light switch in Seattle. Richard shows many options for filtering drinking water. And the guys ask, "What is it?"

Arlington Italianate Project finale: Landscape designer Cricket Beauregard completes the exterior with a pair of classically inspired urns. Tom details how he modified the master bath to accommodate a steam shower. Malcolm and Richard check out the newly finished basement spaces. Heather shows Norm the finished bedrooms, baths and laundry spaces. Designer Christine Tuttle shows Kevin the decor choices that give the home a period inspired but unfussy feel. The whole group gathers in the new eat-in kitchen to celebrate the renaissance of this Italianate home.

Countertop contractor Michael Parodi creates final edge detail for soapstone countertops. Tile contractor Mark Ferrante cuts down 12-inch marble tiles to make a crisp-looking wainscoting. Norm visits the oldest continuously operated mill site in America where David Graf makes an oval mirror frame for the Arlington house using 150-year-old power tools. Tom scribes new oak stair treads to the old fieldstone foundation wall. Soapstone countertops are darkened using carnauba wax and walnut oil.

Fence contractor Mark Bushway installs a custom PVC fence and arbor. Tile contractor Eric Ferrante creates a marble herringbone pattern in the powder room, while his brother Mark presents the grout color options for the faux slate floor in the mudroom. Tom builds a sliding barn door using salvaged antique wood from the attic. Horticulturist Laurie Sullivan presents alternatives to the usual, run-of-the-mill shade plants. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom and Kevin build a simple table from solid fir, and Kevin works with a wood-finishing expert to stain and finish it.

Kevin and Tom introduce us to the popular suburb of Arlington, Massachusetts, and to a new project: the first Italianate Style home THIS OLD HOUSE has tackled in years. Malcolm and Heather's 1872 home has seen some changes over the years, leaving it with an awkward layout. Now it's time to polish it and make it work for this century's busy family. Richard and Roger are on site to help the demolition work get started. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom demonstrates many uses for a router. Richard replaces an air conditioning unit that freezes when it runs.

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