The Ask This Old House trailer with show guys, Roger Cook, Tom Silva and Richard Trethewey from the debut of Ask This Old House in 2002
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6. Stick around when you call in a pro

Part of being a good DIYer is knowing your limits. When you're struggling to figure out a tricky fix for a nagging problem, hiring a pro with years of experience will almost certainly save you time and money in the long run. Watch a pro tackle the trouble spot, and you'll learn a thing or two, as do the homeowners who receive a visit from the Ask This Old House team. During the debut season in 2002, the Ask crew (opposite, bottom right) helped homeowners with a variety of tasks that included fixing window screens, shoring up a sagging floor, and repairing a leaky shower-tub faucet.
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