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Season 3

53 :03x01 - Edging a Lawn; Selecting Drill Bits; What Is It?; Fighting Fire

Oct/04/2004
Our first House call of the season takes us to Beverly, Massachusetts, where landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows new homeowners Todd and Chrissy Fratzel the proper way to edge a lawn and flower bed. Back in the loft, Tom gives some lessons on choosing drill bits. Then the guys ask "What is it?" Finally, Kevin visits Captain Hugh Duffy at the Boston Fire Department Training Center for some lessons on choosing the right type of fire extinguisher.

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54 :03x02 - Clogged Trap; Brick Walkway Patterns; Fixing Ceiling Cracks

Oct/11/2004
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey makes a House call in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Ziad Tarawneh replace the trap under his bathroom sink. Back in the loft, landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few design options for laying out a brick walkway. Then general contractor Tom Silva shows homeowners Rudd Coffey and Melissa Liazos of Watertown, Massachusetts, how to make their cracked plaster ceiling look like new by covering it with drywall.

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55 :03x03 - Broken Fence; What Is It?; Broken Shower Valve; Updating an Old Drill

Oct/18/2004
Roger Cook repairs a broken fence with teenage neighbor Amanda Rao. Back inside, the guys ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard restores hot-water flow to a shower for a house-sitter by repairing an anti-scald shower valve. Back in the loft, Tom shows how to upgrade an old drill by installing a "keyless" chuck.

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56 :03x04 - Creating a Pass-Through Opening; What Is It?; Stopping a Toilet From Running

Oct/25/2004
General contractor Tom Silva visits homeowners David and Patti Dobrindt in Milton, Massachusetts, to help them cut a pass-through in their kitchen wall. Back in the loft, the guys ask, "What is it?" After that, Rich repairs a continuously running toilet in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, for homeowner Peter Fay.

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57 :03x05 - Screw and Bolt Extractors; Cobblestone Edging; What Is It?; Rotting Porch Post

Nov/01/2004
General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to remove bolts and screws with stripped or damaged heads. Landscape contractor Roger Cook visits homeowner Lauren Speisman of Waltham, Massachusetts, to help create an edge along a concrete walkway using jumbo cobblestones. Back in the loft, Tom, Roger, Kevin, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What is it?" as they identify unknown objects. Then Tom heads to Wenham, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Francine Molay jack up the roof of her front porch and fix a rotting post.

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58 :03x06 - Flower Boxes; What Is It?; New Lawn With Sod

Nov/08/2004
General contractor Tom Silva helps spruce up the front of homeowner Stacy Keller's Acton, Massachusetts, house by building window boxes for flowers. Then Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then Roger installs sod to create a brand-new lawn in the backyard of Needham, Massachusetts, homeowner Peter Burdick, just in time for his family's annual barbecue.

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59 :03x07 - Anode Rod Replacement; Water Diverter; What Is It?; Too Much Heat!

Nov/15/2004
In the workshop loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to extend the life of a hot water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode rod. General contractor Tom Silva visits homeowner Alison Hardy of Topsfield, Massachusetts, and installs a "cricket," or rain diverter, to keep water away from her front steps. Then Richard and Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" Then it's off to Brighton, Massachusetts, where Richard helps homeowner Kim McMahon cool off by installing thermostatic valves on her steam radiators.

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60 :03x08 - Hanging Shelves; What Is It?; Soil Testing; Hot Water Recirculator

Nov/22/2004
General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners Rich and Sarah Paisner of Brighton, Massachusetts, get organized by installing adjustable shelves on the wall in their den. Back in the loft, Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" Then Roger is joined by soil expert Roberta Clark from the University of Massachusetts for some tips on testing soil before planting. Then Richard gets Tewksbury, Massachusetts, homeowner Paige Impink into hot water by installing a hot water re-circulator pump in her upstairs bathroom.

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61 :03x09 - Plumbing Valves; Replacing an Old Bulkhead; What Is It?; Drip Irrigation Repair

Nov/29/2004
Inside the loft, plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey gives host Kevin O'Connor some lessons on leaky valves and how to repair them. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Waltham, Massachusetts to help homeowners David Anderson and Alicia Beneteau replace an old, rusty cellar door with a new fiberglass model. Back in the loft, Tom and Rich, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps homeowner Christine Dinardo of Carlisle, Massachusetts repair a leaky drip irrigation hose.

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62 :03x10 - Noisy Toilet; What Is It?; Cutting Crown Molding; Replacing Broken Tile

Dec/06/2004
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Stephen Davidson of Littleton, Massachusetts to find the source of a strange "fog horn" sound coming from his plumbing system. Then Rich, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor asks, "What is it?" Back in the loft, Tom shows the three basic cuts necessary to install crown molding. And tile contractor Joe Ferrante helps homeowner Brandon Ingersoll of Cambridge, Massachusetts replace some hard-to-find broken bathroom tiles.

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63 :03x11 - Ladder Safety; What Is It?; Replacing an Old Retaining Wall

Dec/13/2004
Host Kevin O'Connor heads outside the barn to learn about ladder safety from expert John Drengenberg. Up in the loft, Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscaping contractor Roger Cook, asks, "What is it?" Then, Roger rebuilds a crumbling retaining wall with homeowner Colin White of Wakefield, Massachusetts using interlocking concrete blocks.

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64 :03x12 - Repairing Cracked Stucco; What Is It?; Cleaning a Lawnmower; Dehumidifier Pumps

Dec/20/2004
General contractor Tom Silva heads to sunny Los Angeles, California where he helps homeowner Joshua Tano repair some cracked stucco. Back in the loft, Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor asks, "What is it?" Then, Roger shows Kevin how to keep a lawnmower humming all summer long by cleaning underneath the deck. Then, Richard helps water-logged homeowner Karen Kostegan of Bedford, Massachusetts install a pump to remove condensate from her basement dehumidifier.

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65 :03x13 - Planting a New Lawn; What Is It?; Replacing a Kitchen Sink

Dec/27/2004
Landscape Contractor Roger Cook re-seeds a damaged lawn for homeowner Mary Brintnall of Beverly, Massachusetts. Back in the loft, Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard heads to the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Michigan to install a new kitchen sink for homeowners Donna and Tim Mackey.

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66 :03x14 - Chicago Door Glass Repair; Glass Expert; What Is It?; Pruning a Pin Oak

Jan/03/2005
General contractor Tom Silva heads to the windy city suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, where he helps homeowner Richard Westphal replace the broken window pane in an exterior door. Back in the loft, Tom and glass expert Larry Rosenfield show host Kevin O'Connor different types of safety glass. Afterwards, Tom and Kevin, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Then Roger is off to Brookline, Massachusetts to "let the sunshine in" for homeowner Elizabeth Choi by pruning her Pin Oak tree with the help of arborist Matt Foti.

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67 :03x15 - Replacing an Old Storm Window; Winterizing Shrubs; What Is It?; Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Jan/10/2005
General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Tarah Hirschey of Wellesley, Massachusetts make her old windows more efficient by installing new storm windows. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook offers tips for getting your shrubs ready for winter. Afterwards, Tom and Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Finally, Richard heads to New York City where he meets up with home inspector Stephen Gladstone and homeowners Roy and Sophia Pachecano for some potentially life-saving lessons on carbon monoxide detectors

Source: PBS

68 :03x16 - Replicating Moldings; Fixing an Unlevel Patio; What Is It?; Stripping Wallpaper

Jan/17/2005
In the Ask This Old House loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor a few ways to recreate different moulding profiles. Then, landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Skokie, Illinois where he has some "uplifting" advice for a homeowner with a sinking brick patio. After that, Tom and Roger are joined by plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor to guess "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Then, painting contractor Jim Clark shows Kevin and homeowner Caroline Pooler of Andover, Massachusetts a new way to strip wallpaper.

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69 :03x17 - Replacing Rotted Deck Balusters; What Is It?; Connecting an Icemaker

Jan/24/2005
Homeowner Martin D'Agostino of Swampscott, Massachusetts receives a visit from general contractor Tom Silva who shows him how to repair and replace his rotting deck balusters. Then, Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Afterwards, Richard heads off to Salem, Massachusetts to hook up a refrigerator's ice-maker and water dispenser for homeowner Joe Cole.



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70 :03x18 - Unclogging Bathtub Drains; An Alternative to Window Weights; What Is It?; Planting a Low-maintenance Garden

Jan/31/2005
In the barn loft, plumbing and heating expert Rich Trethewey "clears up" the mysteries of clogged bathtub drains. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps Marblehead, Massachusetts homeowner Terry Lavelle replace his double-hung window weights with spring loaded sash balancers. Afterwards, Tom shows host Kevin O'Connor how to insulate the empty window weight pockets to prevent cold winter drafts. Then Tom, Rich, and Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Finally, Roger helps a very thoughtful tenant, Brett Campbell of Arlington, Massachusetts, plant a low-maintenance garden for his elderly landlady.

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71 :03x19 - Composting; What Is It?; Removing a House Trap

Feb/07/2005
Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows homeowner Doug Ferguson of Hudson, Massachusetts how to recycle his yard waste through composting. They visit a compost bin test site where they meet compost expert Ann McGovern from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Then Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Later, Richard helps homeowner Kate Smukler of Arlington, Massachusetts remove an old cast-iron house trap on her main sewer line so that a clog can be easily cleared.

Source: PBS

72 :03x20 - Leveling a Floor; What Is It?; Fixing a Leaky Water Shut-off Valve; Air Compressors

Feb/14/2005
General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Mark Andrews of Charlestown, Massachusetts level an uneven concrete floor so that he can install hardwood flooring. Then Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Then, Richard shows homeowner Jenna Williams of Rex, Georgia a simple repair for a leaky water shut-off valve. Then, up in the loft, Tom teaches Kevin about air-compressors and how to select the right one for the job.

Source: PBS

73 :03x21 - Installing a 220 Volt Receptacle; Gardening Hand Tools; What Is It?; Installing a Macerating Toilet

Feb/21/2005
General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor what's inside a typical residential electrical service panel. Then, master electrician Allen Gallant helps homeowner Steve Bankowitz of Burlington, Massachusetts install a new 220-volt receptacle in his garage-turned-woodshop. Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows Kevin what types of hand tools every home gardener should own. Then, the crew asks "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Later, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps homeowner Scott Jones of Arlington, Massachusetts install a macerating toilet in his basement.

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74 :03x22 - Riding Lawnmowers; What Is It?; Garbage Disposers; Replacing a Rotting Wooden Threshold

Feb/28/2005
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Alpharetta, Georgia to help homeowner Dale Eneberg shop for a new riding lawnmower. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Later, Tom replaces a rotting wooden threshold for homeowners Steve Chapman & Maggie Hale of Arlington, Massachusetts. And, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin how garbage disposers work and explains how to keep them working like new.

Source: PBS

75 :03x23 - Clearing a Clogged Vent Stack; What Is It?; Building a Backyard Ice Rink

Mar/07/2005
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps homeowner Tom Pulkowski of Chelmsford, Massachusetts clear a clogged vent stack with the aid of a fiberoptic plumbing snake. Then Richard, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps homeowner Dennis Cronin of Duxbury, Massachusetts build a ice skating rink in his backyard.

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76 :03x24 - Installing an Electronic Air Cleaner; Removing Ice From a Walkway; Venting a Bathroom Fan

Mar/14/2005
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a pair of homeowners from Arlington, Massachusetts install an electronic air cleaner on their forced-air furnace. Then landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor some tools and materials for removing ice from concrete walkways. And general contractor Tom Silva shows homeowner Enza Sheehan of Swampscott, Massachusetts how to properly vent a bathroom fan to the outside of the house.

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77 :03x25 - Installing Florescent Light Fixtures; What Is It?; Landscaping Software; Replacing an Aluminum Baseboard Heat Cover

Mar/21/2005
Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor a few tricks for using one of the most basic tools, a tape measure. Then master electrician Allen Gallant visits homeowner Kristen Berger of Leominster, Massachusetts and brightens up a dimly-lit basement with new fluorescent fixtures. Then Tom and Kevin, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Later, Kevin shows Roger a software package that can be used to create a three-dimensional landscape plan. And Richard makes a house call to homeowner Wendy Smith in Duxbury, Massachusetts and shows her how to replace the banged-up aluminum cover on an old baseboard heater.

Source: PBS

78 :03x26 - Installing Window Boxes on Brick Siding; What Is It?; Making Plumbing Connections; Installing a

Mar/28/2005
General contractor Tom Silva makes a house call to Atlanta, Georgia to show homeowner Terry Andrews how to use masonry fasteners to install window boxes on his brick townhouse. Then Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin several different ways to make copper pipe connections, including a new solderless system. Then, Roger helps homeowner Alan Lear of Carlisle, Massachusetts install a perimeter drain to catch rainwater running off of his roof.

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Warning: Ask This Old House guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Reality
Genre: Housing/Building | How To/Do It Yourself
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 04:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 10, 2002
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