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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 #1306
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sat Dec 20th @ 6:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1307
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1308
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1309
Airs Thursday January 8th
THIS OLD HOUSE kicks off the second project of the 35th Anniversary Season: an addition to a 1966 Colonial in historic Lexington, Massachusetts. Homeowners Jeremy and Jody Kieval would like a makeover that includes more sunlight and a new farmer's porch. Inside, the overflowing playroom needs to be relocated. Jeremy wants his dream kitchen to become the new heart of the home, so the old kitchen will be gutted and redesigned. A new addition will include a mudroom and access to the garage. The upstairs plan includes two more bedrooms, a laundry room and a sitting area over the garage. Roger shows Kevin how the small stream in the backyard will be protected during construction. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger heads to Florida to help a homeowner build a hydroponic garden. Then, the guys ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install a hot and cold water outdoor faucet.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1310
Airs Thursday January 15th
The Lexington homeowners want to stay in the house during the renovation, so Tom shows Kevin how he's going to demo in phases, keeping the kitchen intact for as long as possible. Today, they'll tackle exterior demo only, starting with the back porch. Norm explains the framing of the first floor platform. Roger gets underway with the layout and excavation for the new footings for the first floor addition. The new prefab footings are unloaded into the backyard, set, leveled and plumbed. Kevin explains the building permit process and the role of the building commissioner, Fred Lonardo, as he comes in to make his first inspection. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, electrician Scott Caron connects a homeowner's basement lighting system to one switch. Richard shares some tips on air conditioning maintenance. The guys ask "What is it?" And Roger shows a homeowner how to rejuvenate a crabapple tree.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1311
Airs Thursday January 22nd
At the Lexington project, Kevin finds the front gable wall of the second floor up and the roof framing underway. In Lexington's historic district, architect Frank Shirley shows Norm how people have been using front porches to lend character and charm to Colonial style homes for hundreds of years. Back at the house, Tom shows Kevin the framing of the new farmer's porch. Inside, Kevin sees how the homeowners are getting by without a kitchen, which has been gutted. Later, Tom presents a solution to the ceiling height challenge in the old part of the kitchen. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom replaces a broken window with a safer solution. Then, Kevin, Roger, Richard and Tom ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shows a homeowner how to rotate a toilet.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1312
Airs Thursday January 29th
Kevin recaps how the roofers applied new architectural shingles to tie the old house in with the addition. Tom shows Kevin the progress on the new back deck. Kevin finds Richard and plumbing contractor Kevin Bilo fighting to keep the P-trap from the new bathtub on the second floor from interfering with the decorative ceiling of the new kitchen. They use a new German bath waste and overflow kit that allows for the flexibility needed to solve the problem. Kevin and Norm finish up the trim and decking on the new corner deck stair. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom and Kevin build a watertight fire pit cover in the barn. Then Richard heads to Missouri to upgrade and vent a bathroom sink. And the guys ask, "What is it?"
56 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.

Episode #1313
Airs Thursday February 5th
Roger meets landscape designer Tim Lee to see how the small stream in the backyard affects all other areas of the yard, including a stand of trees in front that can be removed after careful consideration by the Conservation Commission. Before the trees come down, Roger shows Kevin the valuable shade plants to be relocated to a new bed in the side yard to provide screening from the neighboring house. Tom and Kevin cut away a five-foot section of wall to connect the new kitchen to the old great room. Richard shows Kevin two common rough plumbing conditions in the kitchen: a main sink that has a traditional drain and vent configuration, and an island prep sink, which requires a bow vent in order to work properly. Kevin meets building inspector Fred Lonardo to learn how a GC can call for a "partial framing inspection" to keep the job moving. Arborist John Marquis shows Roger the proper preparation, safety precautions and procedures for doing a "take down" of the 12 trees in the front yard.
56 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.

Episode #1314
Airs Thursday February 12th
Tom shows Kevin the new mudroom door and the work required to patch in new clapboards. Kevin meets electrician Allen Gallant and inspector Alix Berube to see what goes into a rough electrical inspection. At the back deck, Tom shows Kevin a hybrid railing system. Kevin visits kitchen designer Donna Venegas to see what's trending in kitchens. Then, project designer Michele Kelly and homeowner Jeremy Kieval show Kevin the layout and design choices for the new kitchen. Paint color expert Bonnie Krims gives Kevin and homeowner Jody Kieval a range of options for the exterior. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger helps a homeowner remove overgrown shrubs from the front yard and replaces them with an edible landscape. Richard shares some tips on snaking drains, and Tom helps a homeowner replace some damaged pieces of vinyl siding. The guys ask, "What is it?"
56 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 #1308
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1307
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1306
Previously aired 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.
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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?"
50 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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 Monday October 20th
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 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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