A successful spin-off of This Old House, this series sends experts Tom Silva (contracting, renovation, carpentry, home repair), Rich Trethewey (heating, air conditioning, plumbing, ventilation) and Roger Cook (gardening, landscaping, hardscaping) to the homes of viewers. Viewers write the show and producers select questions of broad interest and send the appropriate expert. For some special problems, like wells or electrical work, the "Ask" expert coordinates with a local contractor and with him narrates the project. Occasionally, follow-up discussions occur in the barn following the segment, where the experts and host Kevin O'Connor consider alternatives or clarify potentially murky points.
Other features include "What is It?" which presents a strange or old tool or device. Generally one of the experts knows exactly what it is and the others toss out various humorously implausible guesses before the truth is revealed, and "Viewer Tips" where viewers share their own labor or time saving suggestions.
In this special episode, the guys tackle practical solutions for drought. Richard and Kevin open the show 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.
Recaps6x26: Rebuilding a Toilet Tank; Lawn Watering; Building a Simple Bookcase recap
: This episode opens with Rich Trethewey, discussing the most used plumbing fixture in the house: the toilet. Inside the toilet must flush water from the storage tank, which causes it to drain into the flush rim and then into the bowl. It must also eject waste from the bowl through a “P” trap formed from the ceramic of the bowl and into the waste plumbing. When the storage tank finishes draining, a valve must close and a regulator must operate to properly refill the tank for the next flush... read more.6x25: Pressure Reducing Valve; Choosing Grass Seed recap
: Rich Trethewey visits a homeowner whose sink shows his problem: when he turns it on, it leaks everywhere. His water pressure is too high, and that's a hazard to valves and appliances not designed for extreme pressure. He also gets water hammer – the banging noise made by reflected pressure waves. And he has had outdoor hoses blown completely apart by the pressure!.. read more.6x24: Tribute to Joe Ferrante recap
: Kevin introduces this show, a tribute to tile expert Joe Ferrante, a friend of the show for many years, a craftsman and a tile setting artist... read more.6x23: Overseeding a Lawn; Preparing a Home For Sale; Fixing a Leaky Bathroom recap
: Roger and Kevin visit a home where the yard needs serious attention. Dead patches, a consequence of the family dog, dot the turf. There are thin spots where the canopy of a silver maple and a crabapple deny the grass adequate light. And a few spots show evidence of a fungal disease, probably because the lawn got long and wet between cuttings – the ideal environment for fungal growth. It needs reseeding – the right way. That starts with exposing the soil. In a small yard, or small patch in a large yard, a de-thatching rake removes dead grass and at the same time loosens the soil. One solution is the power rake that Roger has used in the past. It's spinning tines dig out thatch, but that thatch must be raked, seed planted and the seed raked in. A time-consuing job even with the rake. Fortunately, Roger has a new power device... read more.6x22: Granite Steps; Keyless Deadbolts; Replacing Polybutylene Pipe recap
: Roger starts the episode with a repair using granite, a classic New England building material. He shows a few of the choices for granite as a building material: “dressed” stones and “natural” stones made from dressed stones with careful use of chisels. A homeowner Roger visits has a problem, and granite might be the answer: he has a dangerous set of short steps leading from his porch to the ground. Roger proposes removing these and replacing them with granite block stairs... read more.