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Season 01, Episode 01 Repairing a Window Screen; Saving the Rain; Looking for Headroom

S01 E01

Oct 11, 2002
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Repairing a Window Screen; Saving the Rain; Looking for Headroom Oct 11, 2002 In the debut episode, Steve joined Richard, Roger and Tom in the Ask This Old House loft to give viewers a chance to ask questions and get expert advice about their homes. Tom shows Steve how to build a replacement window screen using inexpensive parts purchased from a home center. Roger demonstrates how an old barrel can be used to water a garden. Responding to a letter from a homeowner, Richard and Steve demonstrate how to fix and a leak in a 20-year-old dishwasher. Roger demonstrates the proper technique for sharpening lawn mower blades. Tom hits the road for the first House Call of the season, to a tall homeowner whose low ceiling threatens to knock him out on his way to the basement. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 02 Plumbing Toolkit; Park the Car Quietly; Safe Swinging

S01 E02

Oct 18, 2002
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Plumbing Toolkit; Park the Car Quietly; Safe Swinging Oct 18, 2002 At the Ask This Old House barn loft, Roger demonstrates different ways to mend a damaged garden hose. Richard shows the basic plumbing tools he recommends for homeowners. Tom explains how to use a square as a guide for cross-cutting with a circular saw. Tom then makes a House Call to homeowners struggling with a muddy lawn under the swings. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 03 Concrete Stoop Covering; Battling the Skeeters

S01 E03

Oct 25, 2002
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Concrete Stoop Covering; Battling the Skeeters Oct 25, 2002 Tom visits homeowners in search of a modest way to hide an ugly back stoop. Back in the barn loft he shows the different adhesives and fasteners used, as well as more traditional types of decking. Steve and Roger demonstrate a new product that promises to rid backyards of mosquitoes. Richard shows the proper technique for installing a thermostat on an old radiator. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 04 Air Eliminator; Saving the Trim; Filling the Gaps

S01 E04

Nov 1, 2002
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Air Eliminator; Saving the Trim; Filling the Gaps Nov 1, 2002 Richard visits a homeowner and installs an air eliminator valve on her hydronic heating system, reducing the need for annual maintenance. At the Ask This Old House barn loft, Tom shows how to remove nails without damaging the trim on a door frame. Steve and Roger perform annual maintenance on a snow blower. Steve consults with Jim on ways to clean and maintain old paintbrushes. Tom makes a House Call to a young couple and shows them how to use sisal and jute rope to fill the gaps in their 160-year-old pine floor. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 05 Sanding Options; Digging Post Holes; Better Boiling

S01 E05

Nov 8, 2002
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Sanding Options; Digging Post Holes; Better Boiling Nov 8, 2002 Tom and Steve demonstrate two types of floor sanders: a traditional drum sander. Roger and Steve use manual and power tools to dig post holes for a new fence. Richard travels to a historic district in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to replace a corroded pipe on a viewer's boiler. Back in the loft, Tom gives Steve a lesson in proper caulking technique. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 06 Ceiling Repair; Grinding the Stump; Shop Specs

S01 E06

Nov 15, 2002
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Ceiling Repair; Grinding the Stump; Shop Specs Nov 15, 2002 Tom visits a young couple and teaches them how to repair a cracked plaster ceiling in their condominium. In the workshop loft, Richard and Steve rebuild a toilet to prevent it from continuously filling. Roger uses a stump grinder to remove an old tree stump from a homeowner's front yard. Back in the loft, Tom replaces a broken pane of glass and reglazes a window sash. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 07 Jacking It Up; Chainsaw Smarts

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Nov 22, 2002
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Jacking It Up; Chainsaw Smarts Nov 22, 2002 Tom works with a homeowner to repair a sagging floor in a three-family house. Together, they jack up the failing beam, pour new concrete footings, and install several new lally columns. Back at the barn, Roger works with chainsaw expert Tim Ard to sharpen and maintain his saws. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 08 Wooden Bung Holes; What Is It?; Lattice Project

S01 E08

Nov 29, 2002
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Wooden Bung Holes; What Is It?; Lattice Project Nov 29, 2002 In the workshop loft, Tom shows Steve how to cut wooden bung holes and install them in decking. Jim visits a viewer and shows her why the new paint in her bathroom is cracking and peeling. In the loft, Tom, Steve and Roger examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess what they're used for. Tom makes a House Call and shows a young couple how to build an attractive outdoor lattice. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 09 Basement Window; Painting Panels; Weed Trimmers

S01 E09

Dec 6, 2002
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Basement Window; Painting Panels; Weed Trimmers Dec 6, 2002 Tom hits the road on a House Call to replace a rotting basement window and install a new dryer vent for a homeowner. Back in the Ask This Old House loft, Jim shows the proper technique for painting a pre-hung six-panel door. Electrician Allen Gallant visits homeowners and installs a new power outlet in their dining room, and Roger shows Steve how to replace the string on a weed trimmer. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 10 Washer Repair; Pressure-Washed Brick; Drip-Free Faucet

S01 E10

Dec 13, 2002
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Washer Repair; Pressure-Washed Brick; Drip-Free Faucet Dec 13, 2002 In the Ask This Old House loft, Richard and Steve take apart an old washing machine to determine why it's making a loud rumbling sound. Roger pays a visit to a homeowner and uses a pressure washer to clean off his slippery brick walkway. Back in the loft, Steve, Tom, Roger and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they've used. Tom demonstrates different types of spirit levels, and Richard sets out to help a homeowner with a leaky kitchen faucet. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 11 Garden Pruners; Shutters; What Is It? A Tankless Job

S01 E11

Dec 20, 2002
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Garden Pruners; Shutters; What Is It? A Tankless Job Dec 20, 2002 In the Ask This Old House loft, Roger and garden tool expert Paul Schneider discuss different types of hand pruners. Tom helps two homeowners repair and reinstall their broken shutters. Back in the loft, Steve, Tom, Roger and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Richard shows Steve several models of instantaneous water heaters, then visit a local homeowner to examine his tankless hot water system. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 12 Sawhorses; Frost-Free Faucet; What Is It? Composting Leaves

S01 E12

Dec 27, 2002
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Sawhorses; Frost-Free Faucet; What Is It? Composting Leaves Dec 27, 2002 In the loft, Tom shows different types of store-bought sawhorses and teaches Steve how to build a pair from scratch. Richard hits the road and installs a new frost-proof outdoor faucet for a homeowner. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Roger then shows Steve how to collect and compost leaves. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 13 Spray-Painting; Chimney Dampers; What Is It?; Splitting Logs

S01 E13

Jan 3, 2003
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Spray-Painting; Chimney Dampers; What Is It?; Splitting Logs Jan 3, 2003 In the loft, Jim shows the several different types of paint sprayers and demonstrates the proper technique for using a spray painter to paint a shutter. Steve enlists the help of chimney expert Mark Schaub to replace a broken fireplace damper for a homeowner. Back in the loft, Steve, Tom, Roger and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Steve and Roger head outside to demonstrate different ways to split logs for firewood. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 14 No More Scalding; Robotic Mowers; Critter-Proofing

S01 E14

Jan 10, 2003
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No More Scalding; Robotic Mowers; Critter-Proofing Jan 10, 2003 Richard visits a homeowner and installs a new shower faucet that will eliminate the chance of scalding. Roger and Steve head outside to test the latest robotic lawn mowers. Tom and an animal control expert visit a homeowner and help her ""critter-proof"" her house. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 15 Stubborn Ivy; What Is It?; Replacing a Bathroom Window

S01 E15

Jan 17, 2003
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Stubborn Ivy; What Is It?; Replacing a Bathroom Window Jan 17, 2003 Roger helps homeowner Mark Wegener remove the ivy covering his home in Madison, Wisconsin. Back in the loft, Roger, Steve, Tom and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Tom then helps homeowner Christian Hansen replace the window in his third-floor condominium bathroom. Afterward, Tom explains the proper way to measure for a replacement window. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 16 Aerating the Lawn; What Is It?; Hanging Pictures

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Jan 24, 2003
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Aerating the Lawn; What Is It?; Hanging Pictures Jan 24, 2003 In the barn loft, Jim shows Steve the proper way to paint the exterior of a double-hung window. Roger helps homeowners Paul and Claire Blumenfeld aerate and fertilize their lawn. Then Roger, Steve, Tom and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Tom then shows Steve different ways to hang a picture on a hollow wall. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 17 Washer-Dryer Shutoff; What Is It? Drywall; Plumbing Torches

S01 E17

Jan 31, 2003
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Washer-Dryer Shutoff; What Is It? Drywall; Plumbing Torches Jan 31, 2003 Richard visits a homeowner and installs an automatic water shutoff valve on her combination washer/dryer. Then Richard, Tom, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Tom then shows Steve the proper technique for preparing drywall joints and Richard discusses different types of plumbing torches. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 18 Gutter Protection; What Is It? Steadying the Toilet

S01 E18

Feb 7, 2003
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Gutter Protection; What Is It? Steadying the Toilet Feb 7, 2003 Tom visits homeowners Roy and Sandra Lynn and shows them several products that are designed to keep leaves and other debris out of rain gutters. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Richard then visits homeowners Steve and Maureen Parker and helps them repair their wobbly toilet. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 19 Insulating Windows; What Is It? Sewage Injection Pump

S01 E19

Feb 14, 2003
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Insulating Windows; What Is It? Sewage Injection Pump Feb 14, 2003 Tom helps homeowner John Hill prevent drafts near his windows by installing insulation around the weight pockets. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Richard makes a House Call to help homeowner John Johnstone install a sewage ejection pump for a new basement toilet. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 20 New Sill; What Is It? Rolling Paint; Sharpening Knives

S01 E20

Feb 21, 2003
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New Sill; What Is It? Rolling Paint; Sharpening Knives Feb 21, 2003 Tom helps homeowners Annette Ritchie and Charlie Bubar remove the aluminum siding around their window and repair the damaged sill. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Then Jim shows Steve how to use different types of paint rollers while Roger and knife sharpening expert Stan Watson sharpen kitchen knives. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 21 Snow Removal; What Is It?; Fixing a Sash

S01 E21

Feb 28, 2003
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Snow Removal; What Is It?; Fixing a Sash Feb 28, 2003 Steve and Roger head outside to demonstrate different types of snow shovels and snow throwers. Back in the loft, Steve, Roger, Richard and Tom examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Tom then visits homeowner Bernice Robinson and helps her repair the broken sash cords on an old window. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 22 Leaky Faucet; What Is It? Removing Wallpaper; Glue Guns

S01 E22

Mar 7, 2003
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Leaky Faucet; What Is It? Removing Wallpaper; Glue Guns Mar 7, 2003 Richard examines homeowner Kerry Goodwin's leaky shower tub faucet. Together, they purchase the replacement parts from a local plumbing supply company and repair the fixture. Then Richard, Tom, Roger and Steve examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it's used. Jim helps homeowners Kathleen and Kevin O'Connor remove painted wallpaper. And back in the loft, Tom and Steve demonstrate several hot glue guns, including a new cordless model. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 23 Crown Molding; What Is It?; Keeping Out the Cold

S01 E23

Mar 14, 2003
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Crown Molding; What Is It?; Keeping Out the Cold Mar 14, 2003 Tom installs crown molding with homeowners Sheila and Karen Fitzpatrick. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Then Richard helps a Chicago-area homeowner install insulation to prevent his bathroom pipes from freezing. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 24 Kitchen Disposer; What Is It?; Hearing Protection

S01 E24

Mar 21, 2003
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Kitchen Disposer; What Is It?; Hearing Protection Mar 21, 2003 Richard is off to Chicago to help homeowner Dave Skena install a new garbage disposer. Back in the loft, Ricard, Tom, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Outside the barn, Roger and hearing protection expert Dr. Mark Stephenson test the decibel level of several power tools. Inside, they show Tom several new types of hearing protection. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 25 The Dutchman; What Is It?; Flood Prevention

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Mar 28, 2003
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The Dutchman; What Is It?; Flood Prevention Mar 28, 2003 Tom helps Chicago-area homeowners Daryl and Catherine Katauskas repair their exterior door jamb by installing a dutchman. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Steve examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Then Richard prevents a basement from flooding by installing a leak sensor and automatic water shutoff valve on a water heater. More Info & Resources

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Season 01, Episode 26 Clearing a Toilet; What Is It? Attic Access; Tomatoes

S01 E26

Apr 4, 2003
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Clearing a Toilet; What Is It? Attic Access; Tomatoes Apr 4, 2003 In the loft, Richard shows Steve several different ways to clear a toilet stoppage. Then Richard, Steve, Tom and Roger examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it's used. Tom and homeowner Tom Flannery install a new set of folding attic stairs and Roger shows Steve how to start tomato plants from seeds. More Info & Resources

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