Season 1, Episode 17 The This Old House Hour

First Aired: January 30, 2003

In the next-to-last episode of the Winchester, Mass., project, homeowner Kim Whittemore tries out the kitchen appliances with host Steve Thomas, who also inspects the closets and a five-arm chandelier. Meanwhile, Norm Abram inspects the outside fencing, which was made to resemble the original 1920s fencing; and contractor Tom Silva and carpenter Jason Wood line the walls with built-in bookshelves, made from MDF and a poplar laminate. On “Ask This Old House”: Plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey makes a “Housecall” to install an automatic water-shutoff valve on a washer-dryer. Trethewey also discusses plumbing torches, and Silva shows how to prepare drywall joints.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 2002
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's home-improvement series and 'Ask This Old House,' an offshoot in which 'House' regulars field viewer questions (and make weekly 'house calls' to make actual home improvements). 'This Old House Hour' debuted in the fall of 2002. (more)

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