Not all landscape projects require starting from scratch. Many times, working with plants already there can make a huge impact. In this special episode, Jenn Nawada uses an historic landscape design from a protege of Frederick Law Olmsted to transform a yard. She updates a landscape by moving around, dividing, and pruning current plants in the yard. Finally, she designs a secret garden.
It's summertime and the team are here to help with some fun outdoor projects! Tom travels to Colorado to help a couple build a swing set for their young son; Jenn travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to help a couple build a self-watering vegetable garden that will survive even if they go away on vacation; Mark helps a homeowner build a cost effective firepit for his backyard that comes in a kit.
The team shares what they have been up to during COVID-19. Nathan Gilbert shows the office he renovated during quarantine and works on a display case to store his late grandfather's U.S. flag; Heath Eastman replaces a circuit breaker at his panel with one that is up to code; the rest of the team share ways their trades were affected by the pandemic and how it will impact the trades moving forward.
Kevin OConnor travels to Billings, Montana to meet Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL veteran. Tom Silva joins Kevin and Bo to help them set up an accessible home gym. Next, Mauro Henrique discusses different paint colors and shares what goes into selecting the right color. Finally, Mark McCullough helps a homeowner update her concrete block fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.
Richard Trethewey explains why installing an automatic shutoff valve for washing machine supply hoses prevents flooding; Ross Trethewey and Heath Eastman discuss electric vehicle chargers and the role EV chargers will play in the future; Jenn Nawada discusses a variety of ornamental grasses; Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner repair her deck by replacing rotted hangers and re-securing the joist.
Richard Trethewey and Nathan Gilbert help a homeowner retrofit a new dishwasher into an old kitchen by adjusting the counter and cabinets; Jenn Nawada explains the uses and purposes for different types of mulch and demonstrates how to spread it in a garden; Tom Silva and Kevin O'Connor turn a French-style rolling pin with an ornate detail in the center using a lathe.
Heath Eastman explains what to keep in mind during a home electrical inspection; the team share more Home Inspection Nightmares, including a chimney overtaken by a tree, a vent capped by a soda can, and a stud wall with fragmented studs; Tom Silva helps two homeowners meticulously restore their original, 1918 front door using paint stripper, bristle brushes, mahogany veneer, and a lot of love.
Jenn Nawada explains how to identify and care for echinaceas and how to incorporate them in a garden; Mark McCullough explains how to integrate cut stone edges seamlessly with the rest of the stone wall; Richard Trethewey explains how to replace a kitchen sink and faucet from start to finish; Tom Silva helps a homeowner wrap up a few small projects towards the end of her kitchen renovation.
Ask This Old House tackles a variety of outdoor home improvement projects. Richard Trethewey starts by explaining failure points in a hose spigot and how to replace one; Mauro Henrique demonstrates the correct way to paint exterior vinyl siding; Jenn Nawada explains how to maintain a set of bypass pruners; Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner build a custom fence gate.
Jenn Nawada travels to Orlando, Florida to help a homeowner upgrade his inefficient, malfunctioning irrigation system with a new, smart system; Heath Eastman demonstrates a variety of ways to troubleshoot and repair flickering lights; Mark McCullough helps a homeowner identify the culprit behind her cracking, front brick steps, and then repoints them using the correct material.
A homeowner realizes her baseboard heat is located in an inconvenient place, so Richard Trethewey moves it from one side of a room to another by rearranging some PEX piping in the basement; Jenn Nawada explains some of the basics of selecting and caring for a few different species of arborvitae; Tom Silva and Kevin O'Connor build an outdoor bench that doubles as a cooler using cedar and copper.
Tom Silva explains why he loves sanding and what goes into a good sanding job, demonstrating how different sanders work and how to select the right one; Mauro Henrique goes over the basics of power washing vinyl siding; the team share more Home Inspection Nightmares; Heath Eastman installs undermount, LED deck railing lights for a homeowner.
Tom Silva travels to Nashville, Tennessee to help a homeowner convert her original, exterior door into a Dutch door; Richard Trethewey goes over some of the basics involved with installing a garbage disposal where there was not one originally; Mark McCullough and Jenn Nawada reface an ugly, concrete wall with thin stone veneer to better match the rest of the patio that surrounds it.
In Future House, Ross Trethewey explores a variety of ways that landscaping could be done automatically via robots and smart home products; Mark McCullough goes over a selection of different walkway and driveway deicers and how they might impact masonry products; in Build It, Tom Silva and Kevin O'Connor build a modern, open slatted bench using ipe decking and a variation of a box joint.
Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove his crumbling stone steps. Then, he tours a factory to learn how precast concrete steps are made and helps install a set at the homeowners house; Mauro Henrique explains how to refinish an old table using paint; Heath Eastman helps a homeowner replace his front lamppost with some hilarious code violations with a new post.
Richard Trethewey explains how a ductless heat pump unit, commonly known as a mini split, is installed; Jenn Nawada explains how to identify Japanese maple trees and how to incorporate them in a landscape design; the team share more Home Inspection Nightmares; Nathan Gilbert replaces a couples' laminate countertop with butcher block. Then he demonstrates how to apply a mineral oil finish to it.
Richard Trethewey travels to Salt Lake City to replace a shower valve he has never seen before in his career with a conventional pressure balanced one; Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to safely repaint a radiator cover that tested positive for lead paint; Tom Silva explains what load bearing walls are, how to identify them, and what needs to be done in order to safely remove them.
Jenn Nawada demonstrates how to clean up a garden by pruning, dividing, and defining the edges; Ross Trethewey explains how the MERV air filtration rating system works and how air filters can catch relevant and unwanted air impurities. Then, he demonstrates how to build a localized DIY air filter; Tom Silva builds his first Adirondack chair with Kevin O'Connor using a set of plans.
Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lights along a garden path; Richard Trethewey explains the principle of a siphon and how that concept is used to make a toilet flush; Tom Silva demonstrates how to hang pegboard in a garage or workshop and organize tools with it; Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo a brick walkway that does not have a firm enough base.
Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner turn a reclaimed beam from an old barn in Vermont into a fireplace mantel; Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to replace a bathroom faucet; in Future House, Ross Trethewey travels to Albany, New York to explore ways to make drilling for and installing geothermal heat pumps more affordable for average homeowners.