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 September 24, 2014
Sound Advice From Tom Silva On First-Time Homeowners

David: "It'll be 10 years of looking at studs you don't know what to do with," Silva said. Tackling too many projects at once makes people overwhelmed and discouraged. Instead, take your time and tackle one room at a time. Spend the money necessary to do things right.

"Things that are going to pay you back are the most important things," Silva said. "The cheapest thing you can do, is do it right the first time."

That's the kind of sound advice that keeps PBS viewers tuning into the home DIY shows "Ask This Old House" and "This Old House." Silva, along with "Ask This Old House" producer and former Willoughby resident Heath Racela, spoke to an audience at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square on Tuesday.

On "Ask This Old House," host Kevin O'Connor, Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook tackle everyday home improvement and repair questions.

Silva and a crew from "Ask This Old House" filmed a segment in Brecksville on Tuesday that involved installing exterior lighting on a home, Racela said. The show will film another segment at a Shaker Heights home on Wednesday. These segments will air in the spring.

At the Ideastream session, Silva and Racela answered questions from the audience and offered a preview of the new season of "This Old House." The "This Old House" Hour -- which includes episodes of "This Old House and "Ask This Old House" ? premieres at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and repeats at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 on WVIZ Channel 25. This PBS station is part of Ideastream.

The new season of "This Old House" will feature three projects instead of the usual two, Silva said. One project is an 1850 brick row house, where the show's experts will renovate the master bath, install a fireplace, landscape the backyard and paint an entire room a bright cranberry ? including the ceiling.

The second season-long project will follow renovations on a Colonial home that will get added bedrooms over the garage, a new front porch and expanded kitchen, Silva said. The third project involved renovations on a veteran's home.

"Our main object is to teach people something," Silva said. He learned his trade from his father, who was also a contractor. The family lived in a 1765 home that needed constant upkeep.

Silva recalled that he originally joined the cast of "This Old House" on a one-year trial basis. That was about 36 years ago. "I'm still waiting for that year to be up," he joked.

What makes "Ask This Old House" unique is that it spotlights real homeowners and real projects, Racela said. He reads about 2,000 emails each month from viewers who want their home project to be featured on the show.

"Ask This Old House" looks for projects that can be finished in a day, but sometimes there are miscalculations, Silva said. He remembered a project that called for replacing a linoleum bathroom floor with tile. When workers discovered that the floorboards around the toilet were rotted, the seemingly short project stretched until midnight.

"We have quite a few of those," Silva said.