This Old House – 30th Anniversary

This Old House is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been on that long. I’ve been watching that show most of it’s time span.

This Old House is featuring a project in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in which they will be rehabbing a foreclosed property, and turn it over to two new families.

This Old House features Master Carpenter, Norm Abram, General Contractor, Tom Silva, Heating Expert Richard Trethewey, and Roger Cook does the landscaping. Kevin O’Connor is the current show host, while Bob Vila was the original host, and then Steve Thomas. The show is aired on PBS, which is channel 13 here in New York.

Every year they do about two projects. They chose a project mostly in Massachusetts, in which where they are live and work, and generally for the summer months move out into the US and abroad to a warmer place, and work on a project there. The show is only a half house, and I am dedicated in watching it weekly.

I’ve always been fascinated with home improvement work, and always learn a thing or two from the show. I apply that knowledge to what I do in my own home, as well as use that for my future home.

The This Old House website also provides valuable research information you can use for research. They also added videos to the website as well. They also have a magazine as well. All provide valuable information in owning and maintaing a home. Some renters even take advantage of the information to maintain a property they are renting.

I’ve had the opportunity and privilege of meeting all of the cast members of This Old House and have either autographs or pictures. The stories will be pages, so I’ll leave it at that. If you ever want to hear the stories, I love telling them. They are so down to earth.

You might ask how i got so interested in watching This Old House. My dad was a stockbroker growing up, and my mom was a homemaker. None of them had knowledge of home improvement, until they started watching the show. My parents said I was three when I first started watching it, and having stopped since.

My parents said I took an interest in the show, and therefore decided to let me watch the show since it wasn’t violent and was a simple how to show.

Since being so little I wasn’t allowed to use power tools. They were very strict about it, and i respected them. They told me that i could cut a finger off, and I decided not to go for it. Eventually when I was ten they allowed me to use power tools, and I started with a sabre saw. One of my parents would watch, and I would have to tell them about what I read about safety.

Norm has that infamous line…Before we do anything, lets talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all safety rules that come with your power tools and ends with there is no important rule than to wear safety glasses.

Thankfully, I never seriously injured myself, and was successful in the projects I have completed.

A few times I have research the idea of getting a job with the crew, even if it meant doing the grudge work. My dream would be to hose the show. I would leave everything, and move to Massachusetts for it.

Congratulations to This Old House for making it this far. There are many more years to come.

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