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The This Old House Hour
Genre: How-to
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.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1305
Previously aired Thursday October 30th
Richard works with fireplace expert John Sullivan to rough in the ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units. Norm and Tom add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. For inspiration for her own urban garden, Roger takes homeowner Angela Daigle to see some hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim on the rowhouse and puts up samples of color choices for the new front door. In the second half of the hour, Tom teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home. Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner run wiring for a new ceiling fixture and switch in a living room. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1306
Airs Thursday November 6th
Tom gets ready for a major upgrade to the front of the house - a Greek Revival-style front door. In the kitchen, Angela's cabinets have arrived; on the second floor, Tom and Kevin install new wood wainscoting to replace the old worn out, poorly made version. Norm learns about Charlestown's ancient past from city archaeologist Joe Bagley, who provides a rare look at his warehouse of artifacts. Tile contractor Mark Ferrante uses a marble basket weave tile from an online supplier to make a feature wall insert in the master shower. At the back addition, Kevin and Tom install a small section of copper roof to add character and durability to the small roof. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Richard travels to Kansas City to sample some unique barbeque and help a homeowner install a natural gas line for a new grill. Kevin, along with Roger, Richard and Tom, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Roger shares some tips on what grows best in the shade and Tom helps a homeowner hang a heavy, decorative mirror on a masonry chimney.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1307
Airs Thursday November 13th
Tom conceals a basement door behind a system of rails and stiles that look like paneling. Marble specialist Danny Puccio shows Kevin the new Cararra marble island top. Angela tells Roger her budget for the backyard is beyond stretched and she'll have to hold off on planting until next year. Fence contractor Mark Bushway installs a new PVC fence on top of the retaining wall to provide some privacy for the backyard. Richard learns how a homeowner is turning one of Boston's lighthouses into a summer home. Norm and Tom restore the old, weather-beaten front steps with a grinder, a router, some epoxy and a non-slip exterior paint. Stone specialist Steve Torok installs the salvaged marble mantel and surround in the sitting room. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger learns from a beekeeper how to set up a beehive for a homeowner. The guys ask, "What is it?" Afterward, electrician Scott Caron adds lighting to a dark kitchen without having to run any new wiring.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1308
Airs Thursday November 20th
After five months of work in Charlestown, the exterior is restored with a new dormer, windows, shutters and front entry. Norm joins Richard in the partially unfinished basement to see the mechanical room, where the systems integrate to provide comfort for the whole house. On the third floor, Angela's mission is accomplished: a serene master suite retreat. Downstairs, Kathy joins Angela and Kevin to see the former dining room transformed into a sophisticated sitting room, and all the details of the new kitchen: cabinetry, tile, storage, new powder room and the window seat addition. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger follows up with a beekeeper regarding honey harvesting. Then, Kevin, Roger, Richard and Tom ask, "What is it?" Afterward, electrician Scott Caron adds outlets to a homeowner's home.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1304
Previously aired Thursday October 23rd
Richard stops by the Charlestown Navy Yard to see a special guest arrive - the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, built c.1840. Tom shows Norm the progress on the approved dormer and how he's waterproofing its low slope roof. Inside, insulation is in and wallboard is going up. Out back, mason Mark McCullough installs a reclaimed brick veneer on the new kitchen bump out. Kevin checks on the kitchen design details, and Norm and Tom replace the fake shutters with operable shutters made of durable fiberglass and PVC. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, the guys tackle practical solutions for drought. Richard and Kevin are at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, that's only at 40 percent capacity. Roger visits Las Vegas to replace a water-guzzling lawn with a desert appropriate alternative. Kevin meets with meteorologist Jim Cantore to hear cautionary tales from the front lines of the drought. And Richard travels to San Francisco to replace an old-fashioned toilet with a new "water sense" solution.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1305
Previously aired Thursday October 30th
Richard works with fireplace expert John Sullivan to rough in the ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units. Norm and Tom add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. For inspiration for her own urban garden, Roger takes homeowner Angela Daigle to see some hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim on the rowhouse and puts up samples of color choices for the new front door. In the second half of the hour, Tom teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home. Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner run wiring for a new ceiling fixture and switch in a living room. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1304
Previously aired Thursday October 23rd
Richard stops by the Charlestown Navy Yard to see a special guest arrive - the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, built c.1840. Tom shows Norm the progress on the approved dormer and how he's waterproofing its low slope roof. Inside, insulation is in and wallboard is going up. Out back, mason Mark McCullough installs a reclaimed brick veneer on the new kitchen bump out. Kevin checks on the kitchen design details, and Norm and Tom replace the fake shutters with operable shutters made of durable fiberglass and PVC. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, the guys tackle practical solutions for drought. Richard and Kevin are at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, that's only at 40 percent capacity. Roger visits Las Vegas to replace a water-guzzling lawn with a desert appropriate alternative. Kevin meets with meteorologist Jim Cantore to hear cautionary tales from the front lines of the drought. And Richard travels to San Francisco to replace an old-fashioned toilet with a new "water sense" solution.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1303
Previously aired Thursday October 16th
Richard talks with Ted Zoli, structural engineer on one of Charlestown's most iconic structures, the Zakim Bridge. At the project house, the front of the building is obscured by scaffolding - it will be used to replace the failing asphalt roof and to build the dormer. Inside, Tom shows Kevin how he'll modify the old chimney for the new gas fireplace units, and they see the framing progress. The third floor master suite is framed up, except the dormer, still in regulatory limbo. Several days later, mason Mark McCullough starts installing the retaining wall. Richard shows Kevin the progress on the rough plumbing and electrical. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger educates Kevin on beneficial insects. Tom resizes a front door that gets stuck on carpet every time it's opened. Richard repairs an outdoor garden faucet. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1302
Previously aired Thursday October 9th
Kevin arrives to find Tom solving a major problem with the house - the exterior walls are bowing out from the weight of the roof over 160 years. In the basement, Richard shows Kevin the result of two weeks of hand digging and a week of rough plumbing. On the third floor, Norm shows Kevin how the roof has been under-structured since it was originally built. Tom joins to get the first of two massive LVLs tucked into the pockets in the brick sidewalls and fastened in place. Norm revisits the townhouse TOH renovated in Charlestown 14 years ago. Back at the project house, Tom shows Kevin how he's going to open up the back wall for the new bump out. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger heads to Florida to learn about citrus greening, a disease that's killing citrus trees across the state. Tom replaces an old vinyl peel-and-stick floor with ceramic tile. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1301
Previously aired Thursday October 2nd
The 35th celebration season of THIS OLD HOUSE begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood: Charlestown. The new project is part of a cluster of 1850s-era Greek Revival houses tucked into the backside of Bunker Hill. Homeowner Angela Daigle shows Kevin the outdated kitchen she'd like to improve. Upstairs, Tom shows Norm the spaces needing minimal work. The third floor will likely be a full gut to give Angela a better master suite with additional living space, assuming the city approves the plan to enlarge the existing dormers. Out back, Roger shows Kevin the crumbling retaining walls. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Richard showing Kevin some solutions for dealing with rust staining. Tom opens up a small home by installing a pass-through in a load-bearing wall. Roger replaces a poorly built fence gate with one that will last. And the guys play "What is it?" with special guest NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1224
Previously aired Saturday September 20th
Paul Grothouse installs a teak island top in the kitchen, while Jim Snyder installs a solid surface vanity top in the master bath. Designer Christine Tuttle reviews how the vision for the house evolved from fabric, paint and light fixture choices. Tom builds a small but handy electronics nook. Tile contractor Mark Ferrante grouts the pebble tiles on the shower floor. Wallpaper hanger Warren Reeb hangs handmade wallpaper. Norm and Tom install a new front door. In the second half of the hour, on a special episode of ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, the guys make several important improvements. Kevin helps make a home accessible for a homeowner in a wheelchair by modifying a bathroom and several different sets of stairs. Tom and Kevin rebuild a dangerous staircase for a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing.
52 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sat Sep 20th @ 6:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1223
Previously aired Thursday September 11th
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. Roger shows a homeowner how to get rid of tree stumps. And Richard discusses the state of solar energy.
51 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1222
Previously aired Thursday September 4th
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. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, the guys celebrate 300 episodes of ASK THIS OLD HOUSE by looking back at some of their best moments and revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets.
51 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1221
Previously aired Monday September 1st
Roger installs a new front walk in a running bond pattern. Tom runs a custom profile for the chair rail and both copes and miters the corners as it is installed. Interior designer Christine Tuttle makes tile selections at a local showroom. Norm and Tom work to fit a new four-panel interior door into an old doorjamb. As the cabinet installation finishes up, kitchen designer Steve Jackowski offers a preview of the countertops, tile and striking copper vent hood that are on their way to the kitchen. In the second half of the hour, on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Richard helps a homeowner replace a shower valve that shuts off mysteriously. Tom shows how to patch a hole in baseboard. Roger shares some tips for maintaining a lawn mower. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
51 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.


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