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Celebrating 20 Years of What Is It?

This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada stumps the guys with a contraption they’ve never seen before—even after celebrating 20 years of “What Is It?”

Watch as the crew of Ask This Old House celebbrates the 20 anniversary of everyone’s favorite segment: What Is It? After taking a look at some of our favorite stumpers from over the years, landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada proposes a test of her own. And the guys all think they have the answer to “What Is It?”

Host Kevin O’Connor thinks it’s a “smooth” way to get restricted pocket items past airport security. Heating and plumbing expert Richard Trethewey thinks he uses it to exfoliate and remove unsightly hair (he may have been slightly aggressive on his head, though). General contractor Tom Silva thinks this contraption is for cleaning paint rollers at the end of a long day.

But they’re all wrong. So very wrong. Join the crew as Jenn answers the question: What Is It?


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