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Episode #1126 of Season 11 of Ask TOH
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Chicago to learn how subway trains are serviced… more
Episode #1125 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to fabricate and install custom concrete countertops.… more
Episode #1124 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Master electrician Scott Caron installs several types of surge protection… more
Episode #1123 of Season 11 of AskTOH
General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor demonstrate how to use all types of ladders safely… more
Episode #1122 of Season 11 of AskTOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding… more
Episode #1121 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a room… more
Episode #1120 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Cortland, Illinois, to learn how corn is harvested and then to help a homeowner insulate ductwork… more
Episode #1119 of Season 11 of Ask TOH
Episode #1119 of Season Eleven of Ask This Old House… more
Episode #1118 of Season 11 if AskTOH
In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway… more
Episode #1117 of season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor meets appliance repairman Richie Isaacson to learn how to maintain kitchen appliances… more
Episode #1116 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring… more
Episode #1115 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Cheyenne, Wyoming to help a homeowner install a toilet… more
Episode #1114 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to restore Terrazzo floors… more
Episode #1113 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner temporarily transplant a mature rose bush while exterior work takes place… more
Episode #1112 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron head to Denver to install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling… more
Episode #1111 of Season 11 of ASK TOH
In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes… more
Episode #1110 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch his garden beds… more
Episode #1109 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim… more
Episode #1108 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence… more
Episode #1107 of Season 11 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Colorado Springs to install a brand new kitchen sink and faucet… more
Episode #1106 of Season 11 of ATOH
In this special episode, the guys visit New York City… more
Episode #1105 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to help a homeowner plant several varieties of palm trees in her front yard… more
Episode #1104 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner lay sod in his backyard… more
Episode #1103 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva builds a custom fireplace mantel for a homeowner… more
Episode #1102 of Season 11 of ATOH
Ask This Old House Episode 1102 of Season 11

Original Air Date: Week of October 11, 2012

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a bluestone patio in an urban backyard. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask “What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner and her daughter hang their bikes in a small garage.

Installing a Bluestone Patio
Roger helps a homeowner install a bluestone patio in an urban backyard.

The bluestone that Roger used for this project was natural cleft bluestone in 18"x24" and 24"x36" pieces. The bluestone was purchased at Martignetti Enterprises.

For the base material, Roger used “pack" or “graded base," which is a mixture of ¾" stone and stone dust. For the setting bed, he used a mix of nine parts stone dust to one part portland cement. To lock the stones together, he used Polymeric Sand. Pack, stone dust, portland cement, and Polymeric sand are available through a masonry supplier.

Roger used a gas-powered plate compacter to compact the base material. These can be rented from a tool rental store.

What Is It?
Roger showed the guys a large, black, plastic disk that expands.

The Leaf Loader is manufactured by Noo Tools

Hanging Bicycles
Tom helps a homeowner and her daughter hang their bikes in a small garage.

Where to find it?
Tom installed several bike racks manufactured by

Bike Lifts were installed in the ceiling above the car.

A Bike Hanger was used to hang a bike by its tire next to the garage door.

In the loft, Roger demonstrated the Single Folding Bike Rack and Kevin demonstrated the Wall Bike Stand.
Episode #1101 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva kicks off the 11th season of Ask This Old House by helping a couple transform stock shelving into a custom built-in… more